Some Comfort

“See this from San Antonio?” says Spence. “The parents of a Marine killed in Afghanistan are adopting the bomb-sniffing dog who ran to their fallen son when he was hit. The dog’s a black lab named Eli and the Marine was Pfc. Colton Rusk. After their son died, Darrell and Kathy Rusk asked if they could have Eli and he was flown to Lackland AFB for the adoption.”

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110 Responses to “Some Comfort”

  1. dawson
    9:03 am on February 4th, 2011

    …with grateful tears in eyes.,,

    We are warmer than Dallas today…and no new snow. Maybe Siber H. was right and we should have the Supper Bowl up at C. Harris’s. The world is upside down.

  2. B.Stover
    9:11 am on February 4th, 2011

    “Listening” quietly here also.

    Good morning all.

  3. bluecat
    9:16 am on February 4th, 2011

    thank you for the sounds of silence.

  4. dawson
    9:21 am on February 4th, 2011

    Just caught up on last night’s posts.
    No Rio, you cannot sit on my lap. That would cut off the circulation to my legs.
    I think we could be able to keep some of those fancy smancy boxes and go back and forth at will between the hilltop party and the boxes. Then Rio and whoever else wants to can be kept nice and warm and be waited on like kings. And the hardy party people can visit in case of inclement weather. The kats should be able to figure out the logistics.
    Oops late for work.

  5. Sam
    9:37 am on February 4th, 2011

    Molly is concerned that it will be too cold for me, but I promised Mom that I would wear my Snuggie. I also like the boxes so I can be treated like the Princess that I am.

  6. Melanie
    9:55 am on February 4th, 2011

    How wonderful for the dog and for the parents.
    Sniffling here.

  7. Wolfie
    10:00 am on February 4th, 2011

    We all need each other; the nation within and those who love them/us.


  8. Barb & Maggie
    10:03 am on February 4th, 2011

    That story definitely called for a moment of silence.

  9. Wolfie
    10:09 am on February 4th, 2011

    Well! It looks as if we will be spending Saturday night at Minnie’s house and will wander back and forth between the Hilside party and the boxes during the Supper Bowl!

    Rio, I am SO glad that you are joining us!

    Melanie, it sounds as if you are on top of the half time you-know-what. I am crossing it off my list.

    The Goodyear blimp is ready to go. I had some really great suggestions….heh…heh…heh.

  10. Mollypop
    10:12 am on February 4th, 2011

    Verizon’s iPhone sold out yesterday in the afternoon. The pre-order lasted only 17 hours. Mom’s phone is shipping, due to arrive on Monday.

    We’re surprised that so many people want the iPhone 4 since it came out last June and that’s old in terms of technology. The iPhone 5 is supposed to come out this summer.

    Mom first wanted the Droid Bionic, but Motorola had trouble with the phone overheating and so it was then scheduled for release in July. Motorola Mobility’s stock dropped.

    Since Mom wants a smartphone for its camera, I suggested that she go with the iPhone since it is already known for having a good camera. Now we’ll see how smart Standard Poodles are. What would a Border Collie advise?

  11. Barb & Maggie
    10:13 am on February 4th, 2011

    Staff, Even tho I am not a Kat, the shrimp and lobster thingys sound very good to me. I am on board for those. Dallas weather does not look great right now. Good thing we have made accomodations for the softies. I will stay outside.

    Just heard that our average snow fall (or maybe it was what we should have to date) is 24 inches. So far we have had 47″, 20″ of which was this week. They are predicting more on Monday. Yeah, more snow!

  12. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:17 am on February 4th, 2011

    Thanks Wolfie for taking care of the blimp issue.

    grrr…I had a post just about ready to send when my browser decided to close itself. Now to see if I can remember what I said.

    Good dog, Eli, good dog.

    Day four of our “weather event” Last night to foreguessers said we might get an inch of snow over night. Yes the inch came and brought 4-8 of his friends with him. Dallas got more snow than we here in FAR north Arlington did overnight, but now a stray band of snow has started up here. All the ice from Tuesday that was looking a little worn out is now covered with a soft white blanket. Apparently the Super Bowl committee does not have as good connections as previously thought. However, it IS finally supposed to get above freezing tomorow. We do not know how you folks that live like this all the time do it. brrrr, sneeze, sniffle

  13. Melanie
    10:23 am on February 4th, 2011

    Stay warm Macy, you do not need a cold.

    The Pack is all for seafood. They want you all to remember that they are bred to be SeaDogs!

  14. Barb & Maggie
    10:36 am on February 4th, 2011

    Melanie, We answered your questions about 1967 but you may have already gone to bed. Sorry.

    Barb is reading book from Staff, Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. Very good so far.

  15. Melanie
    10:44 am on February 4th, 2011

    I did read them this morning B&M. So now they have a really big melter. That’s pretty cool.

    I have things I have to do today. If only I had written them down . . .

  16. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:51 am on February 4th, 2011

    Around here, this kind of snow gives up all the right to goof off. Laundry not done? snow day dishes piling up? snow day Dogs not fed? sno….whoa…nobody needs to goof off that much, however it is hours until dinner time so surely mom will be done goofing off by then.

    As if driving was not interesting enough around here, Tuesday’s left over ice patches are now covered with snow, so nobody knows where they are, until….wheee!!! Dad swiped mom’s car and left her with the pick-up of death, so she will not be going anywhere, again. If Biddy and I had not gone walkies, mom would never have left the house this week.

  17. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:51 am on February 4th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! Mom’s going to be busy today, so I won’t be able to post much. In fact, Mom has been busy the last few days — did anyone miss me?

    One of the things Mom is doing today is looking for a lens for her new camera that Dad bought her for her birthday. Mom already has two good cameras that use film — she used to work for a newspaper so she had to have one for color film and one for black and white. And she had all sorts of lenses to put on the cameras. So when Dad bought her a new digital camera, he figured she could use all those lenses on it, so he bought the camera alone. But then when Mom tried to put one of her old lenses on her new camera it didn’t fit. Seems you have to have special lenses on digital cameras. Who knew???

    So Mom had to use her old camera again to take pictures of Dad’s basketball game. But she has today off of work, so she’s going shopping today so she can use her new camera at tonight’s game, since it’s the last one she’ll be able to go to. Her new camera has a “sports” setting, which focuses automatically and takes lots of pictures at the same time. Mom says she can’t wait to try it out. Now that she’s a year older, it seems she’s taking baby steps away from the “luddite” category.

    Oh, and Mom texts — to anyone who texts her first!

  18. Siber-H
    11:01 am on February 4th, 2011

    Chet, thanks for posting this story about the lab being adopted by the family. Thank dog, the military’s policy has changed on getting dogs that are in the war zone safely back home and adopted into a good home.

  19. Melanie
    11:03 am on February 4th, 2011

    I love the sports setting on the cameras. I used that to get pictures of OTAS and F for their engagement photos. He is not fond of having his picture taken. So I just took lots and lots and caught him off guard.

    I love my two lenses on my digital. I would also like a macro lens and a really really long telephoto. Not happening anytime soon!

  20. Barb & Maggie
    11:04 am on February 4th, 2011

    Melanie, The ice melter is equipped with a jet plane type motor and is used at places like Ohare Field. We are not luddites when it comes to snow removal.

    Dawson, we are amazed that you do not have a cell phone!

  21. Siber-H
    11:14 am on February 4th, 2011

    Mollypop, You are our Border Collie when it comes to technical issues.

    Sam, all you have to do is set in a box between two Newfs. Their hair is softer and longer than mine. All you little guys and girls can set with the Newfs.

    I saw your snow on tv this morning Macy. I wonder how much snow Gus&BooBear are getting.

  22. Siber-H
    11:22 am on February 4th, 2011

    The state of emergency remains in NM. Tens of thousands are without heat. The state has basically shut down to save gas. The shopping malls and casinos are staying open, bless their greedy little hearts.
    We still have heat which almost isn’t fair since a Husky lives here. A little town just fifteen miles from us is totally without natural gas..

  23. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:45 am on February 4th, 2011

    OK, y’all. Mom says she’s leaving now, so she’s going to turn off the computer. I don’t know if she’ll be back before she leaves for the basketball game. She’s riding on the team bus, which she says is kind of noisy and smelly — sounds like fun to me! Anyway, I’ll be back whenever I can!

  24. Melanie
    11:53 am on February 4th, 2011

    BTW, Kirby T. Penworthy the Seventeenth,

    I missed you.

  25. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:09 pm on February 4th, 2011

    This pretty much sums it up.

  26. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:10 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Well shoot, it is too small to read. It describes southerners feelings about snow days.

  27. Barb & Maggie
    12:14 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Can you make it bigger?

  28. Melanie
    12:18 pm on February 4th, 2011

    I remember the game busses from high school. They were noisy and smelly. Then Zoë was in charge of the cheerleaders and she had parents drive us. No more smelly and noisy busses for us! Just noisy car rides!

    (Also no secret hand holding, boys and girls sharing seats . . .)

  29. Siber-H
    12:49 pm on February 4th, 2011

    I have a paragraph up above about the state of emergency in NM. It says it is awaiting moderation. Can any of you see the paragraph?

  30. B.Stover
    1:57 pm on February 4th, 2011

    SH: I can’t see the paragraph

    Kirby T: I missed you.

  31. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:00 pm on February 4th, 2011

    SiberH!… You are not supposed to give out New Mexico’s top secret alien experiments…grunt!…That’s probably why you are being monitored…heh!

  32. B.Stover
    2:19 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Rio, where have you been?

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:40 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Stover!… I’ve been right here. I don’t know if I’ve told you or not, but I’m not allowed to leave the yard. Where have you been? ….snort!

  34. Siber-H
    2:49 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Thanks Stover, it wasn’t that important, but I am sure it will never appear.
    Rio, I think it is this blog that has a few aliens in control of it, but you may be onto something about NM’s problems…aliens.

    Kirby, I missed you.

  35. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:51 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Kirby!…I didn’t even realize you were gone…heh!

  36. Melanie
    3:18 pm on February 4th, 2011

    I actually got out and walked. Just down the block but I DID it!

    Here is the house. We are expecting more snow Saturday night.

  37. Melanie
    3:19 pm on February 4th, 2011

    This is a picture of Katie in the Play yard. We have a moat on the inside of the fence so the Pack can’t jump out. And yes, she is higher than than the fence.

  38. Sam
    3:20 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Siber-H, isn’t NM where the alien spaceship landed many tears ago?

  39. Sam
    3:22 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Years, not tears. iPad did it not me.

  40. Siber-H
    3:27 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Yes, Sam that was in Roswell NM. There has always been a rumor that an entire town about 60 miles south of me is populated by aliens.

    Beautiful photos Melanie. A Moat!! That might even stop a few Huskies.
    Glad to hear you are getting better!

  41. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:37 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Snow!….Holy blizzard batman!… snort!….That’s a lot of snow! Did Jesse do all the shoveling for you guys?….grunt! ….I wonder if any beavers got buried under that stuff….sniff!

  42. Melanie
    3:43 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Jesse does all the snow blowing. Thank goodness.

    Unfortunately, the beavers are not buried. Here is a pic of their tracks. They were probably planning some sort of dastardly deed.

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:15 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Beavers!… It looks like they were all dancing in a cirlcle….snort!… Maybe they had a beaver wedding and were doing The Chicken Dance!…heh!

  44. B.Stover
    4:16 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Those are some great icicles Melanie. I’m glad you walked.

    Rio, you seemed to be late posting today. That’s why I asked.

    SH: Try rephrasing what you said earlier and/or send it in several posts.

  45. Wölfie
    4:26 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Rio – be sure to tell us how your friend’s doctor appointment went. We worry about her knees!

    And Melanie, you be careful out there! Okay?

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:32 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Wolfie!….I don’t know how it went because she is still gone….grunt!…She forgot her lunch so I know she’s not very happy right now….sniff! ….Now she knows how I feel all day long…grump!

    5:50 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Melanie, Great pictures.
    We tried to upload a couple that a friend had on Facebook, but could not get them to post. Not sure why, but we got one of those little red Xs. It was JPeg and the right size after Barb put it in My Pictures. Maybe Molly knows what we did wrong.

    How are your friend’s knees, Rio?

    Melanie,Love the moat around the fence. Barb wishes someone would do that for her. She is worried that I will jump over the fence here, but our snow is not that high.

  48. dawson
    5:58 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Melanie: Good for you. Walking in all that snow…seems like that would build up some muscles in no time. Did Patsy go with you or was it a solo walk?

    Supper Bowl: Tomorrow will be a travel day for me…by dog sled until I reach the border. If the snow continues in the south, I may take a dog team all the way.

  49. dawson
    6:32 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Rio: Be nice to your friend today. She has a bum knee and she is extremely hungry. She needs some comforting. Today I forgot to bring my spring onions to work and had to have plain cottage cheese. I ate it out of the container, right in public.

  50. Basil and Sage
    7:19 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Hey Alice, Bluecat, Abbie…hahahahaha rolling around laughing so hard, we’re spitting fur balls…giggle giggle…hahahahaha…we did it…snicker, chortle hehehheeh

    Check this out

  51. Melanie
    7:20 pm on February 4th, 2011

    For Siber-H and other mushers:
    This is a mushing kennel that rehabilitates dogs. They routinely with the Good Sportmanship and Good Humanitarian Awards in races!

  52. Melanie
    7:22 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Basil and Sage and Alice M. Johnson: Bad Kats!! Snicker, snicker, snort.

  53. Siber-H
    7:31 pm on February 4th, 2011

    The kats are funny. I like that card and it is a cute pug just like Rio. It is actually my mom that thinks Rio is cute.

    Stover, In a nutshell, what I said about this state is that nothing has changed. Tens of thousands are still without heat.

  54. dawson
    7:36 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Siber H: That is terrible because people in New Mexico probably don’t stockpile blankets and warm clothes like Northern people. What will people do to stay warm?

  55. dawson
    7:36 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Siber H: That is terrible because people in New Mexico probably don’t stockpile blankets and warm clothes like Northern people. What will people do to stay warm?

  56. dawson
    7:37 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Oh no!

  57. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:38 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Herb Kats, I do not have fluffy fir like you guys, and yet I nearly spit fur balls also.

    We are out of sorts here. Some obnoxious members of the national media are saying that Dallas should never have another Super Bowl. I personally do not think we can take credit for the weather. They are saying that we don’t have the proper equipment to handle the ice and snow, yet every available snow plow in the state is here. It does not make financial sense for cities to buy a lot of equipment that won’t even be used one a year in most cases. It has been quite a novelty to us natives to see the plows on the roads. Mom does not remember ever seeing any and she has lived here her entire life.

  58. Siber-H
    7:54 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Dawson, some people are using electric heaters, which are all sold out in this state, and some people can use wood stoves or fireplaces. Shelters are open all over the state.
    Some good news is that an animal shelter in the northern part of the state is without heat and water, but they found temporary foster homes for 100 animals within 4 hours.
    You are right when you say that a lot of people here don’t prepare for this possibility.

    Mom is prepared…she has cold weather sleeping bags and both mom and dad have down parkas. Mom wears hers to the dog park…she looks like she is on Mt. Everest going for the summit instead of just another day at the dog park.

  59. Melanie
    7:59 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Macy: That’s just people with nothing else to say. I hope it snows on them.

    Hey Double Dawson! What do you Canadians mean by holding up the roof rakes at the border?

    Not a roof rake in the area and ours broke during the last snow storm. We ordered one and it was to come in today. Hrumph.

    We are told that they are being held up at the border. That is so weird. Of course, it could be the USA holding them up. Maybe we think they are weapons. I could see that. Sure. A bunch of maundering beavers with roof rakes attacking the house. It could happen.

  60. Siber-H
    8:01 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Macy, I am also getting tired of hearing the media bad mouth Texas and the weather and the Super Bowl. Weather happens. A lot of people want to live a climate controlled life these days…how boring.

  61. Melanie
    8:01 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Hey Siber-H: that is great about the animal shelter.

  62. Melanie
    8:02 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Climate controlled life = locked up in a padded room

  63. Mollie (a black poodle)
    8:06 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Rio: I just heard that there will be a Superbowl commercial with a Pug in it.
    Did the Doctor find out what is wrong with your friend’s knee?

    Very cute card, Basil & Sage.

    Another beautiful snow & beaver track picture Melanie.

    Glad to hear you are prepared for the weather, Siber-H.

  64. Siber-H
    8:07 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Melanie, Thanks for the link. Colleen did the Iditarod last year and came in 36…no easy feat. Their home page has a great quote by Seppala. He is the guy that is credited with bringing the Siberians from Siberia to Alaska. He and his dogs are also heroes of that serum run to Nome.

    Melanie, I have never heard of a roof rake.
    Love the pictures of the Newfs in all that snow.

  65. dawson
    8:08 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Melanie: That is a great link to a rescue sled dog kennel. Rogues Gallery Kennel Blog is a really inspirational blog. What dedicated people.

    MacyMinPin: Many cities much further North than you do not have snow removal equipment.

    Rio is going to be so mad when he gets back from Gay Paree.

    Melanie: I noticed you had roof raked your house.

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:20 pm on February 4th, 2011

    BS!… I was watching your link to the poor Pug sitting there in France and my friend walked by and started laughing her ass off…grump!… She does not know you Kats like I do. I hope you guys are not insinuating that that cartoon figure of a Pug forlornly stuck in France during the Supper Bowl is supposed to be me! me! me!…grunt!…I’m not buying it…sniff!

    Dawson!… Someone here says she is never without green onions. They are always at hand to be thrown into anything she wants, even scrambled eggs cannot be made with out those beloved green onions. She always buys two bunches every trip to the damned store…heh!… I believe her because of her breath….gah!

    SiberH!….It sounds like your guy and gal are the only sane people living in New Mexico these days….snort!…Good grief. Have they fixed the gas line from Texas yet?….grunt!…Another amazing thing that should never happen…Good grief again!…snuff!

  67. Siber-H
    8:35 pm on February 4th, 2011

    No, Rio, They haven’t fixed the gas problem from Texas yet. They are saying that some people won’t have heat until maybe Tuesday. Water pipes are bursting all over the state. Schools closed for 4 days now.

    Where is Stover? Is bursting the correct word?

  68. Staff
    8:47 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Water pipes burst and then the are busted.

    Ask me how I know

  69. Staff
    8:47 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Water pipes burst and then they are busted.

    Ask me how I know

  70. Melanie
    8:48 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Siber-H: A roof rake is a rake with a really long pole. It pulls the snow off the edge of the roof. That keeps ice dams from forming.

    Whew. . . I’m getting ready for bed. Tomorrow, more snow and ice. Bummer.

    Wish I could send it to you MollyPop. I bet Macy wishes she could send her weather to you.


  71. Basil and Sage
    8:50 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Oh ok – we were wrong to send Rio to France. We’re sorry…hahahahahaha….Kats are NEVER sorry….check out what we did to that little pug butt now!

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:53 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Bursting!….Yes, that is the correct word for pipes that freeze and then burst with an amazing amount of force…snort!… It’s almost unreal the force that frozen water can produce and blow threw incredibly thick pipes….grunt!… Your state has been in denial way too long and needs to figure out a budget for this strange weather. I do feel sorry for you guys who are so used to gliding through winter, but this is an eye opener….wheeze!… It seems everyone is meant to suffer alot this winter. We are actually more afraid of the upcoming Spring storms….ugh!….Thank god we have a basement…sniff!…I think the football players will be thankful for the cooler weather during the Supper Bowl!…heh!….Can’t wait to see the commercial with my brother or sister Pug…snorkel!

  73. Siber-H
    8:54 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Melanie will read this tomorrow…I am laughing because I thought it must be a rake that you used by climbing up on the roof and then raking all the snow off.

    I am guessing that Staff must have had water pipes that burst and then they were busted.

  74. Siber-H
    9:01 pm on February 4th, 2011

    I’m laughing even harder now. That is another cute card. I love it!! Rio, the kats have sent you to a warm place this time.

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:12 pm on February 4th, 2011

    BS!….Oh Brother!….snort!….At least that poor guy is back in the US….heh!

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:21 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Knees!….My friend is flummoxed…snort!…They took all kinds of blood from her today. Doc says her blood pressure is excellent, but thinks she may be eating too many salty foods causing her legs to swell, which causes the pain in her knees. …sniff!…This is hard to believe because my friend does not eat fast food or drink pop. But she does enjoy savory food, so therein lies (maybe) her problem….sneeze!…She’s been trying to find low sodium recipes and thinking how to change her diet entirely tonight…grump!…I think she should wait till the blood tests come back because the Doc said it might be her thyroid causing all the problems…grump!

  77. Barb & Maggie
    9:24 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Loved the card, and it did remind us a little bit of a certain pup we know and love.

    Melanie, we also have not heard of a roof rake. Is it soemthing for the snow?

  78. Siber-H
    9:34 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Mr.Rio, I’m glad you finally told us how the doctor visit went. It probably won’t take long for the results of the blood tests to come back.
    A doctor just this week told my dad that some peoples’ bodies can handle salt better than others. Some people just process the salt on through and others don’t.

  79. Mollypop
    9:34 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Melanie – We should have had the weather that you got instead. Lots of snow, right here on the ski slopes!

    Macy – We don’t want your weather – it’s cold with not enough snow.

  80. B.Stover
    9:36 pm on February 4th, 2011

    SH: Yes, bursting is correct.

    Fringe….I’m really tired of Olivia.

  81. B.Stover
    9:39 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Cats: Leave Rio alone.

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:45 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Olivia!….Stover to tell you the truth, we here did not like Olivia from the get-go. Which was unfortunate because we loved all the other characters. Now we have been away from the story so long there is no way to catch up even if we wanted to. We don’t care what happens to Olivia. So what’s the point? …heh! …Got to care about the main characters. Take notice you writers out there!…gruffle!sneeze!

  83. Basil and Sage
    9:45 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Awww Bee…we were just having some fun…
    At least we sent him fun, warm places. We could have sent him to see CHarris…hmmmm
    Well, we gotta go for now. We have to make some…uh…travel arrangements. Yeah, that’s it. Travel arrangements. giggle

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:54 pm on February 4th, 2011

    SiberH!…Thank you for the post about Salt….sniff!…She is probably one of those people who cannot handle salt (all of a sudden!). So she is actually excited in a weird way to find new things to eat or new ways to cook. The problem is time and energy after work, but she will somehow have to figure out how to organize that….snort! …If anyone has any suggestions I can give her about cooking this way with low sodium that would be great!…heh!

  85. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:01 pm on February 4th, 2011

    BS!…Grump!Grump!Grump!….Because of you two, my friend thinks it would be fun for us to have Kats living here…gwaaad!… Thankfully, she is deathly allergic to Kats….snort!…Praise the Lord! No Kats here – Ever!…sigh!

  86. Mollypop
    10:02 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Rio – Mom says your friend really needs to see if that’s the problem. In the meantime, she can get potassium in a shaker and use it sparingly like salt.

  87. Wolfie
    10:04 pm on February 4th, 2011

    What happened to the avatars!!??

    Or is it just me?

  88. Siber-H
    10:12 pm on February 4th, 2011

    My dad is suppose to watch his salt intake so here is what we know…that lite salt is a big no no, the doctor said. I didn’t spell lite wrong…that is the way the company spells it.
    The doctor recommended those Mrs. Dash seasonings. They don’t have any salt in them and there are many varieties to choose from.

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:13 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Molly!…Not following you on the whole Potassium shaker thing right now…grunt!… We know someone who is married to her cousin who had a heart attack on the job in a bank because her Potassium was really low. I am talking about a skinny, lovely women who is in her 50’s. Luckily her customer at the time was a guy who worked for the emergency medical team, he saved her life…sigh! ….So what is this Potassium shaker thing again??…sniff!

  90. Siber-H
    10:15 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Rio, we agree with Mollypop. Your friend can wait till the results of the blood tests are back.

    Wolfie, I can see you.

  91. Siber-H
    10:18 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Molly, tell us about the potassium shaker thing.

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:21 pm on February 4th, 2011

    SiberH!…Thanks again, she is definitely going to check out that Mrs. Dash stuff….sniff!…How does your Paw like it anyways???…sigh!…This is going to be a big change for my friend, she needs to realize too much salt is very bad…grump!

  93. B.Stover
    10:28 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Wolfie: I can see the avatars.

  94. B.Stover
    10:33 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Good night all.

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:33 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Baseball!…She is here with me and we are both reviewing our diets during the Baseball season day in and day out once it starts….Snap!…That was what finally woke her up about her Fan Based Diet…grunt!…She is determined to change – it will be really hard let me tell you guys…sniff!… I think her baseball diet has finally caught up to her…sob!…I’m sobbing because I also enjoy that baseball/sports diet. Less the beer last year because of Lil Lexi …grump!.., My gawd she is going to be grumpy at first…gasp!

  96. Tupper and Gilly
    10:45 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Hi Rio – Sorry about those bad Kats. Mama does try to keep them away from the computer but they are just sneaky.
    Please tell your friend her knee thing may or not be a salt issue, but blood will tell as they say. But almost all people in this country use too much salt. Mama wanted to cut down on everyone’s salt here, and all she did was start cooking more from scratch. Packaged foods are all loaded with salt. So she cooks fresh veggies, and real potatoes and she uses lots of herbs and spices for flavor. She is right about beng excited about thinking of new ways to cook. Tell her to read read read about low salt cooking, and have fun experimenting!

  97. Mollypop
    10:46 pm on February 4th, 2011

    The potassium shaker is in the spice/baking aisle in the supermarket and is called Nu-Salt.

    Again I say wait until you see some test results. In the meantime, if the pain is from swelling, as I have said before, RICE – Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.

  98. Siber-H
    10:49 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Rio, Dad likes that Mrs. Dash stuff. Mom likes it too.
    Most of us eat way too much salt. There is no need for all these companies to put so much salt in our food.
    Your friend’s problem may not be salt. It could be thyroid. If that is the case, modern medicine is very good at fixing thyroid problems.

  99. dawson
    10:54 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Roof Rakes! Up where it snows several feet in a season the accumulated weight of all that snow is huge so some people shovel their roofs. Instead of climbing up on top and risking life and limb there is a roof rake which is just a series of poles screwed together until they are long enough to reach the roof and then the “rake” which is just a rectangle about 8 inches tall and 2 feet long. your put that part at the end of all the poles and reach up to the roof and haul the outermost edge of the snow down. It takes a tremendous amount of weight off the roof and also gives any melted snow a place to run off so ice dams can’t form. If you look at the picture of Melanie’s house you can see where she has raked the snow off all the edges.

  100. Tupper and Gilly
    10:54 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Yaaawwn…sleepy puppies. g’night all

  101. Siber-H
    11:05 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Ah, I see it Dawson, interesting, especially since it is a two-story house. With these flat roofed houses here, we have to shovel the snow off, but that is only maybe every 15 years.

  102. Barb & Maggie
    11:08 pm on February 4th, 2011

    That is true about prepared and processed foods – much higher in sodium. Even things that sound healthy like Lean Cuisine. You will just have to read lots of labels.

    Good night all.

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:08 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Comments!…Thanks for all your salty comments, I will some how get my friend to read them…cough!

    Rake!…My gosh, the snow rake is amazing!….wow!…That thing alone could prevent tons of damage to a snow covered house!…wheeze!

    night!…We both have had a very long week, s0 good night all!…snort!

  104. Siber-H
    11:12 pm on February 4th, 2011

    night all

  105. Staff
    11:34 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Dear Rio,
    I have to eat low salt. If your friend has to do it tell her slow and easy does it. Start slowly and don’t try to do it all at once. After a while she will be able to like the taste of things with very little salt. It is an acquired taste, but it can be done.

    For me the hardest thing is no pickles or olives. I LOVE olives.
    Also learn to read the containers for sodium content. You will be totally amazed at how much sodium is in a can of beans or even a package of frozen vegetables. You can find them with 15 milligrams of sodium or with 600. Read read read the labels. Portion size and sodium content. Bleh.

    And give yourself permission to have a hotdog when you go to the ballpark. Just no popcorn.


    Yes I miss it. Ask Dawson. I have been a bore on the subject this fall/winter. It is a result of my blood pressure problems that I had to go low salt.

    Thyroid is much easier. I have had that for many years. Take a pill and you are fine! The pills are even cheap!

    good luck

  106. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:41 pm on February 4th, 2011

    Cowboy Stadium could have used a colossal roof rake today. A bunch of ice/snow slid off and injured 7 people. And the hits just keep on coming…

    A few years ago, mom and dad went “skiing” and awoke one morning to a strange sound. They went out to find men shoveling the roof of the condo. Not something you see in Texas for sure. (it was in Durango, CO)

    Rio ” We know someone who is married to her cousin”. Is that legal in CO?

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